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Mizzou News for Friday, September 17

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It’s here! Commitment Day!

Set your clocks, Hoops fans, because Mizzou’s longtime top 2022 target, No. 53 nationally ranked (per 247 Sports) Aidan Shaw, will make his college announcement at 10:30am CST today— on his birthday!

Blah blah blah, I know — I KNOWWWWW — he’s not THE savior of Mizzou Hoops. But he’d be an important recruiting win and we would all very much like to have him on our team. Instead of me rehashing what has been said about him ad nauseam, I’ll just share what our resident Hoops Guru, Sam Snelling, has written.

From Sam’s piece that I already referenced this week (in case you didn’t look at it):

No player has quite been on the board any longer than Blue Valley High School product Aidan Shaw. Shaw has long been a projected high major wing with serious upside and NBA potential. He’s long and athletic and a menace defensively with an offensive skillset which has slowly rounded into shape. And since he’s been able to be ranked, Shaw has been a top 100 level player.

He continued.

If you’ve read my thoughts long enough you’ll know that I never refer to any player as a “must have” or “must get” because there is no such thing. If you miss on one guy, it’s never going to make or break a program.

But there is a such thing as accumulation. The losses add up. You don’t need to land ALL your top guys but you do need to land SOME of them.

From that standpoint, Aidan Shaw is important for Missouri. Without him, the program will survive, and probably win a similar amount of games in the next few years... mostly because Cuonzo Martin has proven himself to be a competent head coach. But if you’re talking about what ‘Zo wants the program to be, and what fans want the program to be, the recruiting wins need to start happening and Shaw could be the opening salvo for what could be a step forward.

As Matt and others have mentioned on the twitter recently, it appears to be down to Mizzou and kansas (who might have recruited over him), as well Oklahoma State, who has gone silent. However, if you are to believe the analysts, things are certainly trending in the right direction for a recruiting win for Zo...

Should he commit (or conversely, if he doesn’t), we’ll have plenty of writings about it here on our lovely site.

Onto the Links!

Good luck to our Football Tigers this weekend, and here’s some reminders in case you’re going to the game:

Yesterday at Rock M

More Links:


  • Okay, this is kinda funny....

Football Crootin’ News

  • Luther Burden will release his Top 3 at approximately 6pm, per his IG. Missouri is expected to make the list, of course.
Luther Burden on instagram


  • Big congrats to Hayley Frank and Javon Pickett, Mizzou’s selections for the SEC Basketball Leadership Council! The goal of the council is for student-athletes to “serve as a conduit of communication from their teams to the conference on issues related to student-athlete experience, student-athlete wellness, and to provide feedback on proposed rules governing the SEC and NCAA.” You can read more about it at
  • According to College Hoops Insider bot, Jon Rothstein, here’s a bit of coaching news:
  • Come to a MSHSAA coaches clinic, stay for open practice. And have some gratitude for the position you’re in. Sounds cool to me!
  • Loving this ball movement from Boogie. Is it November 9 yet? Just checking…

Other Mizzou Sports

  • Get to the newcomers of Mizzou’s best sport, SOFTBALL. Cannot wait to catch some games and write about ‘em! Fall Ball is right around the corner!
  • Back in the weight room for Mizzou Baseball

Mizzou in the Pros

  • Hot damn, Tanner Houck. That is FILTHY.
  • And some well-deserved praise for Mr Bolton here:
  • This is cool as hell. I LOVE that his singlet from his bronze medal match is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
  • Interesting stats here. For those keeping track, the centers are Mitch Morse (Bills), Justin Britt (Texans), Connor McGovern (Jets) & Trystan Colon-Castillo (Ravens), while the QBs are Chase Daniel (Chargers), Blaine Gabbert (Bucs) & Drew Lock (Broncos).
  • The full podcast/You Tube will be up today, but Thursday brought a teaser of Old Man & the Three’s podcast with Michael Porter, Jr. Super glad the back stuff is behind him (crosses fingers) and he’ll have a wonderful upcoming season.
  • Lotta debate on the twitter about Bleacher Report’s choices here (Ayton below MPJ, really?) but it does go to show that Mike was ultimately drafted wayyyyyyy too low, though I see the concern (as mentioned in the link above).


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